In February, VA participated in the official kickoff meeting for YouCount
– a new EU-funded project looking to investigate and develop new ways to increase social inclusion of young people. VA, Södertörn University
and Botkyrka Youth Council
are collaborating on the Swedish part of the project, which runs until December 2023.
Results of the public dialogues on genome editing run by the EU Orion-Open Science project
have now been published. Findings from the dialogues run in Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic and UK were discussed at an online event on 11 March, which explored the role of public dialogues from different stakeholder perspectives. The public dialogue reports, a how-to guide plus recording of the event and presentations are now available on the ORION website
Highlights from the EU ORION-Open Science project
are being showcased in a series of inspiring stories exploring the impact of different co-creation activities undertaken during the four-year project. Public engagement initiatives include the Genigma citizen science game
; a water pollution project for schools
; and the ÆON art installation
.Communicating Science in Times of Covid-19
is a new report exploring how European science communication practices have changed during the coronavirus pandemic. VA contributed one of ten perspectives on the role and relevance of science communication during the pandemic, drawing upon the results from its ongoing study
on how Swedes are receiving and interpreting information about the coronavirus.How the pandemic has affected trust in science
in different EU countries is the focus of a new discussion paper. In the article, five experienced science communication researchers and practitioners discuss pandemic impacts for trust in Germany, Ireland, Italy and Sweden. Produced as result of a collaboration between the PCST Network and EUSEA, the paper features a contribution from VA’s Secretary General, Cissi Askwall.